Taeku Lee is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Mobilizing Public Opinion (2002); Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006), Why Americans Don't Join the Party (2011), Accountability through Public Opinion (2011), Asian American Political Participation (2011). Lee is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Managing Director of Asian American Decisions, and serves as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association and on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies and the General Social Survey. Lee was previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, and Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute. Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in rural Malaysia, Manhattan, and suburban Detroit, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools, the University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.).

Lee served as the Haas Institute's Associate Director from 2015 to 2018.

Media Mentions

December 24, 2020: Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ Record Turnout Helped Flip Georgia Blue. Now They Could Shape the Future of the Senate (TIME) 

November 25, 2020: A New Political Force Emerges in Georgia: Asian-American Voters (The New York Times)

October 22, 2020: California Campaign to Revive Affirmative Action Is Struggling (The Wall Street Journal) 

July 29, 2020: Asian American voters could make a difference in 2020 (The Hill) 

September 18, 2019: The Spike In Political Mobilization Of Women Of Color In The U.S. Will Define 2020 (Forbes) 

August 13, 2019: Why Trump Fears Women of Color (The New York Times) 

August 22, 2018: Realizing a More Inclusive Electorate (Othering and Belonging Institute) 

July 31, 2018: A Census Question That Could Change How Power Is Divided in America (The New York Times) 

August 5, 2018: “Is This Person a US Citizen?” A Census Question That Spells Trouble (Citizen Truth) 

June 4, 2018: Beijing wants Taiwanese to identify as Chinese. But how do Taiwanese really feel? (The Washington Post) 

July 10, 2017: A Media Theory of Movement Power (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Oct 28, 2016: Asian American Voters in the 2016 Election, Part 2 (The Huffington Post)

Oct. 25, 2016: Asian American Voters In The 2016 Election (The Huffington Post)

Oct. 18, 2016: Vietnamese-Americans Are No Longer A Lock For The Republican Party (Five Thirty Eight)

Oct. 5, 2016: Influence of Asian American and Pacific Islander Voters Grows (UCR Today)